Classic Africa Safaris2022-01-20T13:57:28-05:00

Classic Africa Safaris

Classic Africa Safaris specializes in operating professionally escorted tours and safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. As a ground operator, Classic offers an unbiased approach to designing the itinerary that is best for your guests. Classic works with a carefully selected variety of camps and lodges throughout the region and employs some of the area’s top guides.

Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda is a flourishing country of fertile and lush mountainous terrain. This small country bears the large title ‘Land of a Thousand Hills.’ Rwanda is home to the ‘Virungas’ – great old volcanoes that tower above the landscape to almost 15,000 feet and are covered with rich, green rainforest. A beautiful country to explore!

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Uganda

Uganda

Uganda is described as ‘the pearl of Africa’ and it is easy to see why! Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is situated where East African savannah meets West African jungle. This harmonious situation provides a very special and unique opportunities for safaris that can include primates and a vast array of game and birdlife.

Our Vehicles

Our Vehicles

Our vehicles are the backbone of the company. Each has been developed and built to a standard comparable to no other. We operate our own vehicle fabrication workshop where a team skilled workshop mechanics ensure your safari vehicle is in prime mechanical condition prior to it leaving for safari.

Community Tourism

Community Tourism

Classic Africa Safaris are ardent supporters of sustainable, community-based tourism. In addition to our wildlife safari offerings, we encourage travelers take the opportunity to engage in activities with local communities ranging from shared meals of local dishes to cultural walks and school visits

Our Guides

Our Guides

CAS guides are an extraordinary team of enthusiastic and motivated individuals. Our guides are well trained with years of on the road experience. All attend birding and wildlife courses to enhance an already substantial knowledge of local culture and history. To become a Classic guide is to become one of our family.

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Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking

Just over 1,000 mountain gorillas remain on our fragile planet, of which 604 are located in the Virunga Massif (Rwanda/Uganda/ DRC) and 459 are located Uganda’s Bwindi NP. Setting off to track gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. CAS helps you prepare your travelers every step of the way. Use this info to get started.

Why Classic Africa Safaris

CAS works exclusively with the travel trade (no consumer direct business) and operate comprehensive custom/FIT safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, plus fly-ins for gorilla extensions in both countries. They are strictly a DMC and do not own any properties, hence they provide an unbiased approach to designing the itinerary that is best for your clients. They specialize in tailor-made safaris for FITs and white-label small groups including operating many affinity groups for non-profit organizations, universities, zoological societies and more.

Meet Phil, Mel and the CAS team

Classic Africa Safaris founders & owners Phil Ward and Mel Gormley

CAS founders/owners Phil Ward and Mel Gormley have a collective 75 years of experience in the East Africa safari business. They founded Classic in 2001 and are based in Entebbe, Uganda and offer services in both Uganda and Rwanda. Want proof of their long history in the safari industry? Have a look at this Instagram post featuring a young Mel and this Instagram post featuring a young Phil! Mel heads the vehicle workshop and is based in Entebbe. Phil focuses on the accounts side these days and supports sales from time to time, as needed. Read More

Community and Conservation

Classic Africa Safaris are ardent supporters of eco-friendly, sustainable and community-based tourism. We are the first safari company in Uganda and Rwanda to become carbon neutral. We are also proud to support various programs including support of Entebbe Primary School and supporting our mountain porters. Read more about various other community and conservation programs which we support below. Read More

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